MANILA - Relief goods and seeds to replace destroyed crops are making their way to areas inundated by monsoon rains, 2 Cabinet officials said Monday as flood waters continued to subside.
Enhanced by 3 storms earlier this month, the southwest monsoon or habagat left 13 dead and affected some 2 million individuals in parts of Luzon, the national disaster council reported.
Monsoon rains, it added, left P2.848 billion worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
Relief aid will first go to areas that were previously isolated by floods and residents who did not seek shelter at evacuation centers, Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo told radio DZMM.
Relief packs, distributed every 3 days, contain 6 kilos of rice, 12 canned goods and instant coffee, she said.
Local governments and the social welfare and health departments have distributed P71.856 million worth of relief aid to 7 regions, the disaster council said.
SEEDS, LOANS FOR FARMERS
Rice fields in the vegetative stage account for majority of the damage, said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
Among the worst-hit areas, he said, were Pangasinan, Tarlac, and parts of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan and the Mindoro provinces.
The government is distributing free seeds so farmers can replace their lost crops. It is also offering insurance payout for the damaged crops and an interest-free loan of P25,000 that can be paid in 3 years, Piñol told DZMM.
The habagat on Monday will continue dumping rains over Mindoro and Northern Palawan, the state weather bureau said.